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Two fake landlords arrested for illegally renting out Lagos govt building to tenants

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Two fake landlords arrested for illegally renting out Lagos govt building to tenants
 •Abandoned building located at Amuwo-Odofin illegally rented out by some suspects arrested
The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) says it has arrested two men who allegedly and illegally rented government building located within three public schools in Amuwo-Odofin area to the public.

The LAGESC Corps Marshall, Maj. Olaniyi Cole confirmed the arrest on Wednesday, after raiding the two-storey uncompleted building primarily built for Persons With Disabilities.

Cole noted that the school premises housing the uncompleted building, also has Amuwo Odofin Nursery and Primary School, Iganmu Senior High School and Unity Nursery and Primary School.

He said that investigation carried out before the raid, revealed that there were illegal lodgers in the premises while the schools were in sessions.

The Corps Marshall said that one of the suspects, who claimed to be employed as a security guard at the building, made them to understand that former Governor Fashola’s Administration gave one Phycom Nigeria Ltd. The structure to convert to a school.

He said that the company was to provide accommodation and specialised facilities for the teaching of pupils with special needs, stressing that the project was later abandoned after Fashola left office.

“He confirmed to us that he had to rent out some of the rooms to make ends meet because Phycom Nigeria Limited stopped paying him in 2018,” Cole quoted one of the suspects as saying.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that business centers, artisans shops and Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) shrine around the fence of the schools were destroyed during the operation.

Cole said that the operation would affect all public schools in Lagos State, stressing that Amuwo-Odofin was the seventh public schools they were pulling down illegal structures.

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He said the Illegal structures posed a security risk to the students of the schools, pointing out that one particular school where such operation was carried out, had a door linked to a hotel.

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The agency’s boss said those renting out government properties would be arrested, while those they rented the buildings to would be sent out.

He said one of the reasons the operation was being carried out was for the government to put the structures back to better use, rather than abandon them for criminal elements to occupy.

Some residents of Amuwo-Odofin who spoke with NAN on the sidelines of the demolition, called on Lagos State Government to turn the abandoned building to a sports academy.

They noted that, though the building was primarily built for Persons with Disabilities, turning it into a sports academy would improve the lives of the youths in the area.

Mr Femi Ilusanmi, a community youth leader, said he was one of the students who graduated from the Iganmu High School, Amuwo-Odofin some 40 years back, stressing that many uncompleted buildings owned by the government littered many places in Lagos.

Another resident, Mr Olusegun Sururakat, whose shop was destroyed, said they were not given enough time for them to move their things out before they pulled down their shops.

Sururakat said he had nothing against pulling down illegal structures around public schools, but that, however, the illegal occupants should be given enough time to move out.

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The Corps also cleared illegal traders at Mile-2/Badagry Expressway. (NAN)

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Alleged N80bn Fraud: Yahaya Bello to appear in court for trial today

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Ex-Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

After several months of hide-and-seek between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the former governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the ex-governor is expected to appear before the Federal High Court in Abuja on June 13 for arraignment on the corruption charge against him.

The former governor, through his lawyer, finally agreed to submit himself to the court at the last adjourned date.

Bello’s lead counsel, Abdulwahab Mohammed, gave the undertaking to Justice Emeka Nwite on May 10, shortly after the court rejected the defendant’s request for suspension of trial.

According to him, the former governor was not afraid of arraignment but of the safety of his life in the hands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.

He said the life of his client has been under consistent threats in Abuja, hence his decision to go underground for safety.

The agreement to submit to court trial was informed by Justice Nwite’s remarks that the EFCC, as a law-abiding body, would not do anything contrary to the provisions of the law.

The judge said Bello was not the first former governor to be merely invited by the anti-graft agency and would not be the last.

The judge also said that the charges are based on allegations that have not been proved, adding that the law presumes any accused person innocent until proven otherwise.

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He advised the senior lawyer to prevail on his client to respect the law and order of the court as a law-abiding person.

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Bello’s lawyer, responding to the admonition, thanked the Judge for the hint, adding that, with the assurance that the EFCC would not do anything untoward, the former governor would be brought to court.

“All my client needs is just an assurance for the safety of his life, which has been under threat for some time in Abuja.”

The lawyer requested for four weeks to bring his client before the court.

He said Bello would, however, come to the court instead of the EFCC to take his plea in the charges.

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‘I did my Dobale’, Tinubu breaks silence on Democracy Day fall at Eagle Square

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Minimum Wage: FG denies offering N105,000
President Bola Tinubu

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu late yesterday, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, broke his silence on a viral video on social media where he missed his steps and tripped earlier in the day during the proceedings at the Democracy Day Parade at Eagle Square, Abuja.

Speaking at the Democracy Day Dinner, Tinubu, a Yoruba from South West Nigeria, said tongue-in-cheek that he was only performing a traditional Yoruba gesture of respect.

“Early this morning, I had a swagger and it is on social media. They are confused on whether I was doing Buga or doing Babariga but it is a day to celebrate democracy while doing ‘dobale’ for the day. I am a traditional Yoruba boy and I did my Dobale,”

The president also underscored the importance of national orientation and collective effort in fostering a prosperous future for the country.

“Nigeria is blessed, our complexity, our diversity is there, but is the best road to success. Whatever we have to invest in our national orientation, we have to do it,” Tinubu declared, stressing the need for a concerted effort to instill a sense of service and patriotism among Nigerians.

He also noted that the nation’s national anthem encapsulated the essence of service, a value he observed being practiced by many governors across the country.

He expressed his gratitude to the governors, acknowledging their dedication to serving their people irrespective of their political affiliations.

“We include in our national anthem, the essence of service. I have seen many governors, both live and on tv, serving their people. They belong to other parties and many of them are here tonight. Thank you, Governor Eno, of Akwa Ibom, thank you Governor Okpara, my comrade from Kaduna, thank you, Sheriff and Abia, thank you. If I miss you, forgive me. Everybody has forgotten the partisanship column and embraced that green, white, green that depicts Nigeria.”

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Acknowledging criticisms of the national anthem, he called on governors to redouble their efforts in fostering a sense of duty and national character among citizens.

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“Citizenship is not just the dictionary meaning of it, it is the actual character. Let us teach this to our children, so that Nigeria collectively, we will do the job that we are called upon to do as both family or nation under God almighty,” Tinubu urged.

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NLC counters Tinubu, says no agreement reached with FG on minimum wage

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NLC President, Joe Ajaero and other union leaders

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) says it has not reached an agreement with the federal government on the minimum wage.

In his Democracy Day speech on Wednesday, President Bola Tinubu said the federal government has negotiated with organized organised labour “in good faith and with open arms” on a new national minimum wage.

The president added that an executive bill on the minimum wage would be sent to the national assembly “to enshrine what has been agreed upon as part of our law for the next five years or less”.

In a statement on Wednesday night, NLC said the president may have been misinformed regarding the outcome of the wage negotiation process.

“We appreciate the President’s commitment to those fine democratic ideals which allowed the work of the Tripartite National Minimum Wage Negotiation Committee to proceed unhindered despite some hiccups,” the statement reads.

“However, we had expected Mr. President to have used this understanding as one of those who was in the vanguard of the struggle with us around the nation to rescue Nigeria from the hands of the military to harmonize the two figures submitted to him by the Tripartite Committee in favour of workers and masses. It would have been a fitting Democracy Day gift.

“The NIC would have expected that the advisers of the President would have told him that we neither reached any agreement with the federal government and the employers on the base figure for a National Minimum Wage nor on its other components.”

The NLC said its demand still remains N250,000, adding that it has not been given any compelling reasons to change this position.

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“We are therefore surprised at the submission of Mr. President over a supposed agreement. We believe that he may have been misled into believing that there was an agreement with the NLC and TUC,” the labour body added.

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“There was none, and it is important that we let the president, Nigerians, and other national stakeholders understand this immediately to avoid a mix up in the ongoing conversation around the national minimum wage.

“We have also not seen a copy of the document submitted to him and will not accept any doctored document.

“However, we want to reaffirm our belief that the President, on whose table the Tripartite Committee’s report presently resides, will prepare an executive bill which content will reflect the true demand of Nigerian workers.

“We think that this is an opportunity for him to demonstrate his love for Nigerian workers and the masses by shunning the pieces of advice that may be coming from those whose intentions are continuously focused on hurting the poor and struggling workers of Nigeria.”

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